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Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal

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Outrageous octaves with a single stomp!

The Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal is the world's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects! With Polyphonic Octave mode, drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode, this is the most versatile octave stompbox ever.

FEATURES
World's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects 
Separate inputs for both guitar and bass
Drive mode adds distortion to octave notes for a fatter, more aggressive tone
Includes the original OC-2 mode, capable of producing notes one and 2 octaves down
Poly Octave effect adjustable to play within a specific note range
Tracks clean on low notes
Boss 5-year limited warranty

The easiest way to go deep in polyphonic style. Order today.

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BossOC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

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    (13)

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    (2)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

"Awesome Pedal"

The Boss OC-3 Super Octave is a fantastic guitar pedal for creating unique/different/interesting lead tones. I personally like mine set Level 04:00, Oct Level 1 03:00, Oct Level...Read complete review

The Boss OC-3 Super Octave is a fantastic guitar pedal for creating unique/different/interesting lead tones. I personally like mine set Level 04:00, Oct Level 1 03:00, Oct Level 2 (dimed) full on, and mode set to Drive. This works with my Gibson Les Paul Standard to achieve that Led Zepplin/Jimmy Page "Fool in the Rain" solo tone. If you are looking for a different sound this is a good choice. The OC-3 is capable of so much more too. Boss pedals really are the best. I have been playing guitar for over 34 years and have been through tons of gear. Boss pedals sound great, are reliable, and are easy to replace especially if you travel as every music store carries them. Please remember this is just my opinion as sound is very subjective.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but try it!!!!

I use this with my Tele through an AC-15 and a TNT-130 simultaneously using the Direct/Mono outputs on Poly Mode. I started to use this setup when I realised that the...Read complete review

I use this with my Tele through an AC-15 and a TNT-130 simultaneously using the Direct/Mono outputs on Poly Mode. I started to use this setup when I realised that the lower octave was bound to destroy my lovely AC-15's speaker.

I play in a trio and with this we actually don't need a bass player. The OC-3 is the bass player.
One thing you realize when you isolate the actual effect (using only mono out on poly mode wich is the "wet" output) is that the pedal's interpretation of the notes is not at all spot on and the sound itself is sort of useless unless you mix it with the direct out. It doesn't really detune, but it seems to reinforce the octave with some sort of overtone, sounds like a fifth or third at times. This is ok, except when playing chords that do not include these overtones (which might make it sound a bit weird), although generally the OC-3 behaves decently even considering it's characteristic quirkiness - it is quirky.

The volume of the octave is not proportional across the scale, churning out massively powerful bass on a drop-D for instance while other notes may have lower volumes. I suppose this has a lot to do with your gear and how it reacts to the pedal so really, really try it before you get it.
I am actually thinking about getting an ABY to use before the OC-3 so that I can route the full signal to both amps instead of splitting it on the OC-3. It sounds much better when mixed with the direct out through a bass amp.

The thing about this pedal is that you have to learn to play it.
You'll soon realise that single notes are much clearer and more powerful than chords unless you "edit" the chords to make the pedal sing. You can do this by simplifying chords and by avoiding close proximity harmonization. Consider that if you go up an octave on any specific note the pedal will try to octave it, so you can use this in your favour.
It does sound much more digital than it's predecessor the OC-2 which has a much more natural sound to it but also less features... I like the drive although I hardly ever use it and the "classic" two octave configuration is... meh... worse than the OC-2.

So yeah, great little tool if you are willing to forgive it's shortcomings and learn to be it's friend. If you can, it will reward you with durability, good tone when you know how to get it and a massively punchy low end that turns a guitar into a bazooka.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

RAWK!

By pseudoboss

from Corvallis, OR

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I purchased this pedal to run create the low end for my trio. I quickly realized that I could easily damage my guitar amp if I kept this thing going all the time. With a little experimentation I realized that if I run the Direct Out to my guitar amp and the Output to my bass rig, I have the ultimate weapon. I originally started as a bass player so I love that low end, but with it backed note for note with rockin' guitar it sounds sick.Try it!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but try it!!!!

By Onun

from Barcelona

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Construction
  • Construction Quality
  • Punchy
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Responsive
  • Sounds Digital
  • Switch Interrupts Sound

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I use this with my Tele through an AC-15 and a TNT-130 simultaneously using the Direct/Mono outputs on Poly Mode. I started to use this setup when I realised that the lower octave was bound to destroy my lovely AC-15's speaker.

I play in a trio and with this we actually don't need a bass player. The OC-3 is the bass player.
One thing you realize when you isolate the actual effect (using only mono out on poly mode wich is the "wet" output) is that the pedal's interpretation of the notes is not at all spot on and the sound itself is sort of useless unless you mix it with the direct out. It doesn't really detune, but it seems to reinforce the octave with some sort of overtone, sounds like a fifth or third at times. This is ok, except when playing chords that do not include these overtones (which might make it sound a bit weird), although generally the OC-3 behaves decently even considering it's characteristic quirkiness - it is quirky.

The volume of the octave is not proportional across the scale, churning out massively powerful bass on a drop-D for instance while other notes may have lower volumes. I suppose this has a lot to do with your gear and how it reacts to the pedal so really, really try it before you get it.
I am actually thinking about getting an ABY to use before the OC-3 so that I can route the full signal to both amps instead of splitting it on the OC-3. It sounds much better when mixed with the direct out through a bass amp.

The thing about this pedal is that you have to learn to play it.
You'll soon realise that single notes are much clearer and more powerful than chords unless you "edit" the chords to make the pedal sing. You can do this by simplifying chords and by avoiding close proximity harmonization. Consider that if you go up an octave on any specific note the pedal will try to octave it, so you can use this in your favour.
It does sound much more digital than it's predecessor the OC-2 which has a much more natural sound to it but also less features... I like the drive although I hardly ever use it and the "classic" two octave configuration is... meh... worse than the OC-2.

So yeah, great little tool if you are willing to forgive it's shortcomings and learn to be it's friend. If you can, it will reward you with durability, good tone when you know how to get it and a massively punchy low end that turns a guitar into a bazooka.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fired my bass player...

By blayneak

from Hawaii

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I used to run a quartet, but with the OC-3 we are down to a trio. I play heavy on the E and A strings so with the pedal I didn't need a bass man anymore. I run the RC-2 loop and the octave with a jazz piano and a cajon percussionist. Real fat sounds and a tight groove. That's just one way to run it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Awesome Pedal"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Something Different
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Experimentation
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Practice
  • Professional Recording
  • Rehearsal

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

The Boss OC-3 Super Octave is a fantastic guitar pedal for creating unique/different/interesting lead tones. I personally like mine set Level 04:00, Oct Level 1 03:00, Oct Level 2 (dimed) full on, and mode set to Drive. This works with my Gibson Les Paul Standard to achieve that Led Zepplin/Jimmy Page "Fool in the Rain" solo tone. If you are looking for a different sound this is a good choice. The OC-3 is capable of so much more too. Boss pedals really are the best. I have been playing guitar for over 34 years and have been through tons of gear. Boss pedals sound great, are reliable, and are easy to replace especially if you travel as every music store carries them. Please remember this is just my opinion as sound is very subjective.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pedal me back...

By FingerMan420

from Huntsville, AL

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

Well, I got this pedal thinking that I would be able to use it with my bass to cut through the mix when it was my 30 seconds to solo for the night. I thought it would create an octave above the pitch. The octave, for bass at least, was real muddy and sounded to be a bit out of tune. It created a little bit of a wave in the sound. Some of the notes, like the midrange notes, sounded alright. It is not very responsive for fast playing, but for a pulsing bass line that is very slow, it sounds great. Not really what I was expecting so I sent it back... but this might be what you are looking for.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

BE CAREFUL!

By Adam Scalici

from Virginia

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

This pedal is certainly a powerful sound tool. I use it on my bass guitar, and on it's own the OC-3 has given me some really cool sounds. My only problems with it is that when I go to play with my band, I rarely run into a real occasion where I can use it and have it still sit in the mix well without muddying everything up, and that the distortion setting is almost useless (cannot get a good sound out of it). I have done some noise rock experiments with some friends, and this pedal really helped in those situations. But in a normal "rock & roll," or even metal, if I use this pedal at all, it's only VERY subtly. If you're wanting to buy this to make your bass "fatter, rounder, etc.," I'd hold off on this purchase. Otherwise, it's a fun pedal that I continue to experiment with constantly.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Buy

By Mojave Heat Bomb Approves!

from Norfolk VA

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I am in the Rock Duo Mojave Heat Bomb. I was looking for a good octave pedal to simulate a bass guitar. Well I found it! the Boss OC-3 is one of the best octave pedals I have ever used. I simply run my guitar through an A/B switch and run two amps, the sound is superb! Anyhow I recommend this pedal to anyone looking for that solid bass tone out of your guitar!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Middle Ground !!

By Guitar4Blues

from Grover Beach, CA

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

Let me preface by saying that this is not a pedal for everyone. The OC-3 is not something that you can step on and leave on for the entire gig...just not designed for that. If you think about it, no pedal is. There is no "magic tone box".For me, the OC-3 is a dynamite addition to my pedal board and my performing rig. I particularly like the poly setting and the space that the octave lines create. You need to spend a little time WORKING with the pedal to learn the limits of each setting; the payoff will be a unique little "something" that adds extra texture to your sound.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

garbage

By solid guild-Yipxo

from toronto ontario

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

If you want an octave pedal just for the hell of having one and you don't really care if its good.. this is alright (but still not worth the money)If you actually want a useful octave pedal just but the electro harmonix pog. The sound on this pedal goes in and out on lower notes and really high notes. Pretty much useless even if you play more than one string at a time... yeah. also the second octave down is useless and sounds like total garbage.If you're just planning on using it for some single string stuff (thats not on really low notes) it'll do fine. But that is IT.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Making the ground QUAKE on Bass!!

By Szabo

from Washington, DC

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

As a Bass player I was initially not convinced I would ever need an Octave pedal. Dear sweet Jeebus, I was so wrong.

Crank the DIRECT amount to 100%; Oct 1 to about 60%; and Oct 2 to 20% and FEEL THE GROUND SHAKE. I keep this pedal active for nearly my entire live set at this point.

CONS: It is rather limited, at least on Bass. The DRIVE function is pretty weak. The POLY function is really only for Guitar. Stick to the OCT 2 setting and ignore the rest.

Also, it's a pretty digital sounding effect all around. If you're looking for a more analog tone, keep shopping. If you're looking to sound like a TECHNO DEMON from DIGI-Hell, look no further.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's great!

By kenhymes

from Virginia

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I don't know what the issue people are having with tone and tracking is, perhaps different guitars give different results. All I know is, my Reverend guitar sounded great on all settings. Of course, care in blending makes a huge difference. If you just push the effected sound way out front, it will sound more artificial, but if you want the original sound blended with an octave, this works wonderfully. Full triad chords are a teensy bit shaky, but power fifths are no problem. The distortion option seems unnecessary, as a decent amp will have that part covered. It's a hugely useful addition to a power trio, as the guitar can break into single notes or double stops without losing too much body. Love it myself, I think some problems might come from unrealistic expectations.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A very average octaver, at best

By Western PA Funk-o-meister

from Pittsburgh PA

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Pros

  • Built well

Cons

  • Digital sounding
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Useless options

Best Uses

  • Making noises

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I had this pedal for a couple years, after my old DOD octaver finally passed on. It's a very average octaver, and it has functions that are poor enough to be useless. The drive is extremely synthetic, and you have minimal control over it. The polyharmonic function does not work well. Overall tracking is a little shoddy, and the sound of the octave is not natural with added overtones. While I had it, I just kept it on the OCT 2 setting, with the second octave down in the mix and the focus on a good mix of the dry tone and 1st octave. I have since replaced this with a Mooer Tender Octaver, which does one octave below and one octave up (fully mixable), much more natural sound, much better on the polyharmonics, and cheaper too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun and useful

By Pr1mopro2002

from Georgetown, Texas

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

When I first heard the samples of this pedal online, they sounded robotic and like they belonged in a video game. That is one reason why I bought this pedal. This pedal has many different styles that it can achieve, some of which sound good, some might need some more work to master. Certain settings will give you a bass harmony stlye sound which I find works good except on chords, then it sounds a bit muddy. It's syntesizer styled sound does sound very saw-syth like, but it picks up too much noise. If you barley touch a string it will pick it up. (i have EMG HZ-H4 humbuckers)But it may just be my pickups. All in all, I bought this pedal to have fub with it. It makes a lot of great sounds. And some are very useful. But if you are very picky about things, you might want to try it out first.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Faux Tuba

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

I'm a school band director, this has become my tuba/low brass section for my young bands! Use a contact mic w/an alto clarinet; since it is pitched in Eb, just read the tuba music as tho it was treble clef. Better sound & more expressive than keyboard bass, the kids fight over who gets to play them (I use 2) each year. Your "low end balance" problems are over.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Difficult Little Pedal To Describe

By Romo Goetzman

from Deep South

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

The OC-3 is a difficult little pedal to describe. It doesn't quite do what I wanted it to do and takes a little experimentation before it makes a sound that's quite natural (not digitized) sounding.In the wrong hands, this pedal can make horrible noises. The 2 octave down setting makes your guitar sound almost like an organ. The drive setting is inferior to putting a fuzz or distortion pedal in front of it. Use either and you forfeit the polyphonic feature. The thing goes haywire when you even let two notes ring simultaneously on either setting.Still, in the right configuration, it adds a lot to both my clean and dirty tones. There's really no way to describe it. It just adds a certain intangible SOMETHING. And in a world where everyone plays guitar, it's nice to think there's a way to find your own signature tone.Unless you're going for some radical sound, the OC-2 is best applied as a subtle note on a sound you sculpt with your main effects (for me they're reverb, tremolo, slap back echo, fuzz - in different combinations). Should be the fourth or fifth pedal you buy, not the first or second.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CKY sound

By C-Shreddz

from Cali

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Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

i use this pedal while playing CKY because thats how they get their tone. This pedal does exactly what its meant to do, add a lower octave to every note played which can give a very cool sound if used correctly.

 
5.0

Boss super octave is the correct name.

By Philbo

from Ireland

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

    I use this with acoustic guitar fishman rare earth pickup into a Avalon preamp then into boss in poly mode with great results tracking and sound is great .

     
    5.0

    this is a red hot box

    By morkan,vladeslas

    from now Arlington,Texas

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

      gig and recording hot sound perfect

       
      4.0

      Boss OC-3. Good but not Super

      By Jonny

      from Chandler AZ

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Ease of Use
      • Overdrive Built In
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Tracking

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

      This pedal isn't amazing. What it does it does well though. For bass I can get a nice fuzzy fat grind out of it, but the OC-2 function is next to worthless and so is the poly function. I will say that i bought it for bass specifically to use the drive function with a small amount of octave. It does this feature very well, but with alot of octive it gets muddy and the tracking gets poor quickly.

      I compared it to the MXR Super octave deluxe and the boss was a better pedal all around, except for in the tracking dept. The tracking on the MXR SOD is better. I went with the boss though because i wanted a grindy distorted octave tone. Some say the tracking is better if you run through the guitar input but i just found that to be different sounding. Not better. Anyway its a good pedal and Boss always seems solid.

       
      5.0

      Awesome, if used right.

      By ayfine

      from Saint Louis, MO

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      Comments about Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal:

      I've had this pedal for a while, and really love the tones I can get out of it. I barely use it alone, I normally use it with my Metal Zone. It doesn't sound great alone, but it sounds amazing when you use it with distortion.

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